Absinthe effects are notorious. Absinthe is well known across the world for its vibrant history and the mysterious myths that encompass it.
Absinthe was developed in Switzerland in the eighteenth century as an elixir or tonic. Its main element, the herb wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), has been used in medicine since ancient times in the following ways:-
– Being a tonic
– To counteract poisoning caused by hemlock and toadstools
– To promote digestion
– To help remedy parasitic intestinal worms.
Absinthe began to be distilled and sold by Pernod at the turn of the nineteenth century and have become famous in La Belle Epoque period and linked with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre region of Paris – home to a lot of artists and writers. Many renowned artists and writers like Van Gogh, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway counted on the outcomes of Absinthe proclaiming that it freed their minds and motivated them. Some declare that Van Gogh cut-off his ear while intoxicated by the Green Fairy, Absinthe.
Lots of people started to imagine that Absinthe was harmful, claiming that it was psychoactive, an hallucinogen, that it had psychedelic and intoxicating effects and could cause violence and madness. It was even alleged that a French man had killed his whole family after consuming Absinthe. In reality, he had taken a vast amount of other alcoholic beverages after drinking the Absinthe.
The Absinthe effects were attributed to the wormwood extract in the drink which included a chemical called thujone. Thujone had resemblances with TCH, found in the drug cannabis. Absinthe was forbidden and made illegal in France in 1915 and im a number of other countries at around the same time frame. Interestingly, it was by no means restricted in Spain, Portugal, the UK or the Czech Republic.
A lot of people researched thujone and Absinthe and it was found that drinking Absinthe was just as safe as drinking any strong spirits, and liquor with a substantial alcohol by volume, and that Absinthe contained only very minute amounts of thujone. Absinthe was, therefore, made legal again in lots of countries in the 1990s. EU legislation means that bottled Absinthe can only be sold if it contains 10mg/kg or less of thujone and US law only allows the sale of Absinthe with trace amounts of thujone.
The Absinthe ban meant that many new Absinthe-like products had been manufactured to replace Absinthe, just like Pernod Pastis which satisfied people’s appetite for an anise flavored liquor. These beverages are still available in addition to artificial Absinthes that have been created for the US market. If you want real Absinthe you’ll need an Absinthe which contains the vital ingredient, wormwood, that gives Absinthe it’s characteristic bitter flavor. Look for Absinthes that have real wormwood or buy Absinthe essences which contain wormwood and which can be combined with vodka or Everclear to produce your very own bottled Absinthe. These essences are utilized by the Absinthe industry and can be obtained online through sites like AbsintheKit.com. They come with guidelines regarding how to use them and are to be utilized with your Absinthe spoon and glass.
You only need to worry about Absinthe effects if you are going to take a substantialportion of Absinthe. Keep in mind that Absinthe is twice as strong as whisky and drink it sparingly!